Conor Gallagher admitted that Crystal Palace’s 1-1 draw against Brighton “felt like a loss” after Neal Maupay’s last minute equaliser.
The Eagles looked to be heading for all three points after Wilfried Zaha converted a penalty on the stroke of half-time, only for Maupay to equalise in injury time to break the hearts of Palace.
Gallagher told Palace TV: “It hurts so much. Throughout the whole game, we played so well, defended brilliantly, worked so hard every single one of us.
“It feels like a loss. We had three points there, and then a lack of concentration loses us two points and everyone’s gutted.
“It’s just concentration, there’s a minute left. We’d never blame an individual, it’s a team thing and everyone’s gutted. But like I said it feels like a loss so there’s stuff to learn from, definitely.
“We were unreal. We played brilliantly. Brighton are a good side and they have shown that at the start of this season. The way we performed against them was great, we showed what we can do. But if it wasn’t for a lack of concentration, we’d be coming away with three points and everyone would be going home buzzing, it’s killed us really.
“Any team that comes here, we don’t want them to dictate. I felt like we did that well. We won the ball high up the pitch, we caused them problems, but at the end of the day we didn’t win the game.
“[On the penalty] I just thought I’d go for a little dribble and thankfully I felt a bit of contact and won the penalty. I was happy with that, but it doesn’t really matter if we don’t win the game.
“It’s brilliant [being managed by Patrick Vieira], he’s a great guy and a great manager. I love working with him, always smiling, always happy which makes it good for us as players. It makes us comfortable, and I’m loving it.”
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